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Review of Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The bustling wholesale market here is an excellent place to shop, explore, eat and soak up life in New Delhi.
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Chandni Chowk, Delhi's old market area, is everything at once--a wild jumble of people, tuk tuks, cars, scooters, carts, cows, shops, signs, flowers and more and more. It is loud, colorful, beautiful, tacky, faded, friendly, pushy, alive, alive, alive. Rent a rickshaw with a tour guide driver who knows his way through all the side lanes, spice market, etc., but be firm if he takes you to his 'favorite' places to shop. (Some of them might be great, some not--just be aware.) Come early best from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), bring your camera, watch your wallet and buy some of the freshest spices you will ever taste. When you get home, they will remind you that you didn't just imagine this amazing place.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a must see to get the real, authentic Delhi experience. Take a cycle rickshaw and whizz through the streets. Its chaotic and dirty but its something! We managed with three young kids and a stroller just fine.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

You can reach this market by taking the Metro in Delhi (I actually traveled one hour in their metro from Gurgaon to get there and it was worth it.) When you arrived, take exit 5. You will see a Temple on your right, go through it and you will find a place with lots of stores selling saris. Take one of those bicycles with the cover on it for 20 or 30 rupies (well, I ended up feeling sorry for all their work and paid 50 which is only a dollar but with time you get cheap in India... hehe.) Tell him you want to see Jewelry, beads, lace, etc. He will understand lace, jewelry and beads... hehe. It takes less than 5 minutes to reach the mains street where you can shop around. You will find a heaven of materials for creating anything imaginable with sparks, lace... I cannot even describe in words! I walked for 5 hours looking at those shops and did not even notice taking pictures and wondering how in the world they came up with so much imagination to make things that reminded me of tales from the 1001 nights or something. You will surely find something beautiful to buy that is not expensive because it is a wholesale place. If you look very white and cannot blend in put a smile on their faces as you haggle saying "Kitna" when you ask the price (that means How much) then if you think it is too expensive you say "menga hai" (too expensive) with a smile and if they don't drop the price you say "nahi chaye" which means I don't want it... then the price goes down :) Good luck and enjoy... I just loved that marked and went there three times during my one month stay in India!

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

It's big old market.
very crowded. i wouldn't recommend it for shopping, but it's good place to see while visiting Delhi.

Thank mayday07
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

New atmosphere. Visit if you want a true experience of India. Just don't visit on a rainy day. If you do, carry individual umbrellas or waterproof ponchos.

Thank Navneet S
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